Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Okay, I know this may sound a little weird, but trust me on this one, it's good!

This has become my Halloween night meal. The pumpkin is not recognizable and is a great, healthy addition to an already yummy dinner (or lunch).

Pumpkin Turkey Chili

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree (canned pumpkin)
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Toppings: shredded cheddar and sour cream
1. In a dutch oven or similar pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
2. Add turkey and break up with a spatula as it browns. Once it is evenly browned, mix in tomatoes, corn, beans and pumpkin.
3. Season with the next six ingredients.
4. Reduce heat, cover and simmer about 1 hour.

This makes a thick chili. If you prefer a soupier consistency add chicken broth until desired thickness is reached.

Top chili with shredded cheddar and sour cream. Enjoy!

This recipe was adapted from the following recipe.

For more Halloween themed recipes head over to Our Lives in a Nutshell and:
Our Lives In a Nutshell


Lindsay said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh - that sounds VERY interested - but I'm game!! Thanks for playing even though you're so busy! I hear you clucking, for real. It seems the blog is the only "normal" thing in my life right now though so I try to get to it at night - but man, isn't life with older kids supposed to slow down?! Crazy. I'll get the mr. linky up here in a minute.

Casey's trio said...

Wow...pumpkin in chili? Okay so this may be a stupid question, but is pumpkin puree the same as pumpkin from a can?

Anonymous said...

I'm definitely stealing this one, although I have the same question as casey's trio.
And really do consider the whole wedding photographer thing. You're amazing.

Munchkins and Music said...

This sounds really good!

Wendi said...

Not sure what is yummier...
Mia or the Chili!

Okay Mia wins hands down...but that chili sounds delish!

Susan said...

For those who are wondering the pumpkin puree is the same as canned pumpkin. Sorry for the confusion!

watson said...

can't wait to try it!!!

Mamasphere said...

I LOVE pumpkin! It's so good in savory dishes. I'm definitely going to give this a try. In fact, I'm putting it on the menu for Saturday lunch. I can't wait to try it!!

Clare said...

oh, i will have to try this, i made pumpking pasta last week, and everyone loved it:)

Midwest Mom said...

We carved our pumpkins yesterday, and my five year old wanted me to make pumpkin pie from the eyes and noses and teeth we cut out. :)

Maybe I'll give your chili a try, instead. When there 's a chill outside, there's nothing like a tasty pot of hot food to warm you up! Thanks for sharing!